Awhile back when I wrote a column decrying that soda, potato chips and other junk food can be purchased with food stamps. Certain critics called me an insensitive clod who didn’t understand hunger in America or something like that.
In the meantime, the number of American families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has swelled. And so has the number of business that accept SNAP cards (the modern, electronic equivalent of food stamps).
And things with that program seem definitely headed in the wrong direction.
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture torpedoed New York City’s attempt to prevent food stampers from buying Coke and Pepsi on the taxpayers’ tab.
Now restaurants are getting into the food stamp provider act. Yumi Foods, which owns KFC, Long John Silvers, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, is angling to serve food-stamp recipients.
Where will this end?
Keep in mind, I’m not against food stamps — I’m for them. I’m pro-nutrition for needy Americans. But it’s ridiculous that you can buy non-nutritious foods with them. And it’s even more ridiculous for taxpayers to be subsidizing Taco Bell and Colonel Sanders. It’s like subsidizing heart disease and diabetes. Next you’ll be able to use SNAP to buy cigarettes, a plant-based product.
Turn it around. LIMIT the foods you can by with SNAP cards. The Women, Infants & Children program already does this successfully. Why can’t the SNAP program do the same?
More on this from USAToday.